Samsung Electronics is in consultation with the Chinese government to dispatch semiconductor engineers to China. If the Chinese government, which has blocked foreigners’ entry due to fears of a resurgence of the new coronavirus, grants special entry, it will be the first large-scale business trip by employees of a Korean company after the blockage in China.

The Korean semiconductor giant is reportedly planning to send about 200 engineers to China with regard to the expansion of its second plant in Xian.

If the Chinese authorities give Samsung Electronics the permit, the engineers will undergo quarantine for seven to 14 days depending on their health conditions.

The Xian factory is Samsung Electronics' only overseas base for memory semiconductor production. The second factory produces V-NAND flashes with a three-dimensional structure. Samsung Electronics has invested US$7 billion in the second factory since 2017, and plans to invest an additional US$8 billion for the second-phase expansion. When the plant is expanded as planned, it will be able to process 130,000 units of wafer per month for production of NAND flashes.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the Xian plant in October 2019 to encourage Samsung Electronics to expand investment. He said at the time that China welcomed high-tech investment in China by foreign companies from all over the world, including Samsung Electronics.